Editors’ Notes “What is it about Christmas music that people love so much?” Robbie Williams wonders aloud to Apple Music. “Well, music is an enhancement of everybody’s lives and it becomes a fixture and a time machine to good times and bad times. I would suggest that for most people, Christmas is a joyous occasion so they get euphoric recall where they’re taken back to moments that they can’t quite remember but know that they were times of comfort and joy and happiness. I’m here for it, I get it.”

With a double album celebrating all sides of the season—burnished by guests including Rod Stewart, the boxer Tyson Fury, and his own father—Williams is most certainly here for Christmas. It’s a natural fit. The pop icon lavishes everything here with full-wattage charm, and as 2001’s big-band covers record Swing When You’re Winning showed, he knows his way around a timeless standard.

Those standards are fine additions to the traditional Christmas canon (there’s crackling chemistry with German superstar Helene Fischer on “Santa Baby,” and the bombastic take on Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” is a glitzy treat), but it’s the playful originals that provide the star atop the tree. “Snowflakes” is gloriously arch, “Bad Sharon” celebrates debauched, resolutely British holiday fun, while “Happy Birthday Jesus Christ” is a personal Williams favorite. “It’s the most enjoyable song to sing on the album,” he says. “It’s subversive and funny and a damn fine lyric if I do say so myself.” Sample line: “Everything’s so overpriced/Like Justin Bieber’s merchandise.” And how would Williams himself describe his bumper festive offering? “Joyous. Comforting.” A pause. “And expensive.”

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Winter Wonderland
1
2:18
 
Merry Xmas Everybody (feat. Jamie Cullum)
2
3:33
 
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3
1:57
 
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
4
3:12
 
Coco's Christmas Lullaby
5
2:55
 
Rudolph
6
3:40
 
Yeah! It's Christmas
7
2:48
 
It's a Wonderful Life (feat. Poppa Pete)
8
2:51
 
Let's Not Go Shopping
9
3:09
 
Santa Baby (feat. Helene Fischer)
10
3:27
 
Best Christmas Ever
11
3:45
 
One Last Christmas
12
3:33
 
Coco's Christmas Lullaby Reprise
13
1:15
 
Time for Change
1
3:30
 
Idlewild
2
4:08
 
Darkest Night
3
3:19
 
Fairytales (feat. Rod Stewart)
4
3:33
 
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) [feat. Bryan Adams]
5
2:43
 
Bad Sharon (feat. Tyson Fury)
6
3:40
 
Happy Birthday Jesus Christ
7
3:15
 
New Year's Day
8
3:41
 
Snowflakes
9
3:41
 
Home
10
4:10
 
Soul Transmission
11
4:14
 
I Believe in Father Christmas (Bonus Track)
12
3:10
 
Not Christmas (Bonus Track)
13
3:25
 
Merry Kissmas (Bonus Track)
14
2:42
 
It Takes Two (feat. Rod Stewart) [Bonus Track]
15
4:22
 

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